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Sisi calls for urgent solution to contentious (Renaissance Dam)

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said that Egypt’s water resources are no longer enough to meet the needs of its population, despite the policy of rationalizing consumption.

Al-Sisi’s statements came in a speech at the opening session of the fifth Cairo Water Week, organized by Egypt.

El-Sisi said that the agricultural region in Egypt is affected by the negative consequences of climate change, explaining the need for Egypt to adopt a comprehensive approach in order to successfully deal with food security challenges.

He added that the repercussions of climate change exacerbate the effects of water scarcity on the agricultural area in Egypt.

According to Sisi, Egypt has managed to maintain its water and food security in light of global and regional crises.

In his speech, Sisi referred ti the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, adding that Egypt has always been a pioneer in dealings with the Nile River through advancing  rules and principles of international law related to shared rivers, most importantly cooperation and consultation, in order to avoid harm, and to ensure equitable and joint use of those resources.

He added that Egypt’s position stems from its conviction of adhering to the spirit of cooperation and consensus on areas of common interests as the only way to avoid negative effects that may ensue from unilateral measures related to the river basins.

The Egyptian president believes in the need to avoid any negative repercussions that might result from a project in developing countries, affecting another developing country, and harming it in an uncontainable way.

Al-Sisi renewed Egypt’s commitment to exerting its utmost efforts to settle the issue of the “Renaissance Dam” to achieve the interests of all parties. He called on the international community to maximize and concert efforts to achieve this goal.

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